Take a break from evergreens—adorn the mantel with a pinecone garland instead.
Here's how: Measure the mantel: Divide into three equal lengths and mark all four points. Attach a removable adhesive plastic hook at each point. Make three garlands: Line the pinecones up end to end. Use a roll of bendable wire (the same color as the pinecones). Leaving 2 inches free at the beginning of the wire, wrap it around each cone two times, weaving it between the rows of scales to secure. Without cutting the wire and leaving no space between cones, repeat until you have one continuous strand. When the garland reaches the desired length (it should drape loosely), wrap the ends of the wire around the hooks and snip. Repeat for the other two segments. After hanging all three garlands, dangle a grouping of pinecones from the center of each garland using wire. Glue two pinecones together—base to base—and hang in front of the hooks to conceal. Hot-glue ornaments to the garland to finish.